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KI Shabbat Central - click to access a site with information about this week's service,  Divrei Torah, current prayer & yahrzeit lists,
Zoom ID numbers for this week's services & classes and more
- Updated weekly by Thursday at noon -


Knesset Israel live streams to make services widely accessible, even while we are compelled to limit attendance because of concerns about contagion. We stream from the sanctuary on Fridays, 5:45-6:45 p.m. (except Nov. 27, Dec. 25 & Jan. 1), Saturdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., and Sundays, 8:45-9:30 a.m.* Microphones pick up the sound from the entire room, including the congregation, to create a more immersive experience for those participating from home.*

*Please note that beginning November 6, 2020, until further notice, due to an increase in the prevalence of COVID-19 in Pittsfield, KI shabbat services will be taking place without a minyan. Evening and morning services will be abridged accordingly. Sunday morning services will be on Zoom, and not the live stream.*

The best way to experience live stream prayer involves the largest screen available to you. You might connect your laptop or tablet to a television using an HDMI cable or enjoy our broadcast on Kindle Fire TV, Apple TV or Roku. On those services, search for the app "Boxcast", add it to your menu, then open it and search for "Knesset". When you click through, you will find the live stream and archived videos.

We recommend that those watching from home:

  • Use a siddur, preferably a printed and bound volume.
  • Click the "full screen" button to make the picture as large as possible.
  • Set aside "holy space and time" for prayer.
    • Sit or stand at a distance from the screen. Try not to type at all and avoid using the mouse much.
    • Mute notifications from other apps and programs on your computer.
    • Minimize interruptions and distractions.
    • Let yourself be engaged in worship, song and study.
    • Dress nicely for shabbat.
    • You might also transform your space for prayer by adding a wall hanging or repositioning furniture.

The system we installed is relatively shabbat-friendly. We turn on the camera and sound system before shabbat and do not manipulate them during the holy day. Those who observe shabbat more strictly might be more comfortable if they point their browser to this page before shabbat and disable their screen saver and automatic monitor shut-off. It may still be necessary to click the "play" button onscreen to view, follow along and participate.

For the recent Committee on Jewish Law and Standards responsum about livestreaming on Shabbat and Yom Tov, please click here. The end of the paper includes technical advice for viewing a livestream service on shabbat. Depending on the settings you can use for your television, participating in our services using Roku, Apple TV or Kindle Fire TV may be even more compatible with shabbat than using this website.

Friday night and Sunday morning services remain the same as they were before the pandemic, for the most part. However, for the health and comfort of the people assembled at Knesset Israel, we have shortened the shabbat morning service. Every shabbat morning service includes davening, Torah reading, haftara, prayers for healing and a chance to study Torah together. We change the service from week to week in four ways:

  • Lengthening, shortening or omitting Pesukei DeZimra
  • Reciting the shaharit amidah out loud or "heicha kedusha"
  • Adjusting the length of the rabbi's teaching or D'var Torah
  • Abridged or complete haftara

Most weeks the Torah service will begin at about 10:15.

Updates on the livestream will appear in Kol KI and in the weekly email. To sign up for the email, please email the office.

We welcome gifts in support of our livestream.

Wed, December 2 2020 16 Kislev 5781